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8:20 PM ET, August 1, 2008

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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
AT&T: 'We're all about wireless'  —  DALLAS — Wonder why the smoking-hot 3G Apple iPhone only costs $199, less than half the price of the original?  Here's a two-word hint: Randall Stephenson.  —  Stephenson, who became AT&T's (T) chairman and CEO a year ago, championed the idea of paying Apple …
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Apple extends contract with AT&T, forgets about you  —  According to USA Today, AT&T and Apple have agreed to extend their exclusivity relationship through 2009, meaning the next iPhone will be made specifically for AT&T service.  —  The report claims that Apple originally signed the deal …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Live blog: Yahoo CEO faces shareholders  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—The Yahoo shareholders meeting here has commenced and adjourned.  And CEO Jerry Yang and his board did end up getting an earful about the company's share price and its handling of Microsoft's attempted acquisition.  —  I blogged live from the meeting.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Shareholder Vote: Old Board Stays Put (While AOL Makes Another Boneheaded Move!)  —  After its annual meeting today, as its board members had lunch together, Yahoo released the results of its shareholder vote and it seems we will still have CEO Jerry Yang to kick around some more.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX) Killed Jon Miller/Yahoo (YHOO) Board Deal  —  The mystery of Jon Miller's disappearing Yahoo board appointment has been gotten a little less mysterious.  He isn't taking the job because Time Warner (TWX), his former employer, won't let him.  What we're not sure about: Whose story to believe.
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FCC formally rules Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent was illegal  —  Federal regulators voted 3-2 on Friday to declare that Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent traffic last year was unlawful, marking the first time that any U.S. broadband provider has ever been found to violate Net neutrality rules.
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Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
FCC slams Comcast for blocking Internet traffic, vows to police ISPs
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Reactions to FCC's Comcast decision come fast and furious
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Comcast:
Comcast Statement on FCC Internet Regulation Decision
Discussion: DailyTech and Digital Daily
DigiTimes:
Nvidia to quit chipset business  —  Nvidia has decided to throw in the towel and quit the chipset business, sources close to the situation at one of Taiwan's top motherboard makers have revealed.  As the story is told, Nvidia called a meeting earlier this week with its motherboard partners …
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:   NVIDIA Denies Reports That It Will Leave Chipset Business
Arn / MacRumors:
NetShare iPhone Tethering App Reappears in App Store  —  After an unusual sequence of events, Nullriver, Inc.'s NetShare app has reappeared on the iTunes App Store.  —  The $9.99 application promises to allow you to share your iPhone's network connection with your computer.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
We Know How Many Kindles Amazon Has Sold: 240,000  —  Ever since Amazon launched the Kindle last November, we've been wondering about just how successful it's been.  The electronic book initially sold out and supplies have been tight.  The Kindle is such a small part of Amazon's overall business …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Suddenly, AOL Loves Lifestreaming; Buys Socialthing!  —  AOL is getting into the lifestreaming business.  Like Friendfeed or Facebook's News feeds, it recently launched AIM BuddyUpdates, which lets AIM users keep up with what their instant-messaging buddies are doing on social services such as Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Digg.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Acquire AbeBooks, And With It A Stake In LibraryThing  —  Amazon has acquired twelve year old Canadian company Abebooks (formerly the Advanced Book Exchange), the companies just announced.  AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books focusing on used, rare and out of print titles …
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Homeland Security: We can seize laptops for an indefinite period  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has concocted a remarkable new policy: It reserves the right to seize for an indefinite period of time laptops taken across the border.  —  A pair of DHS policies from last month …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
A photo that can steal your Facebook account  —  A GIFAR gift for the Web masses from your friends at Black Hat  —  IDG News Service) At the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas next week, researchers will demonstrate software they've developed that could steal online credentials …
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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Black Hat Talk on FileVault Canceled
Discussion: CNET News.com and Technology Live
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
US lawmakers mortified at mobile phones  —  Vote to ban cellphone use inflight  —  SOME SENSITIVE legislators in the US House of Representatives apparently think mobile phones should remain banned on airplanes because their owners are sometimes annoying.  —  Several members …
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
EFF Tool Hunts BitTorrent Throttling ISPs  —  Comcast must feel it's being attacked by all sides.  It's been hit by lawsuits, investigated by the FCC, and roundly criticised everywhere else.  It has brought the issue of traffic shaping to the forefront of people's minds, and into public discussion.
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Andrew Storms / 360 Security:
Apple DNS Patch Fails To Randomize - Users Still At Risk  —  Did Apple forget to patch something?  By the look of things, the DNS client on the OSX 10.4.11 distribution still has not been patched.  —  A lot of people, including myself, have been prodding Apple on why they are so late to the table on this DNS patch.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple's patch fails to fix DNS flaw, researchers claim
Nicole Fabris / ABI Research:
Location-based Mobile Social Networking Will Generate Global Revenues of $3.3 Billion by 2013  —  Location Aware Services Research Service |  Location-Based Mobile Social Networking  —  The recent emergence of location-based mobile social networking services offered by providers such as GyPSii …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Carmack: iPhone more powerful than Nintendo DS, PSP combined  —  Speaking at QuakeCon 2008 in Dallas this week, id Software co-founder Carmack praised Apple's iPhone as an emerging force in mobile gaming industry and revealed his firm to be working on two titles for the handset.
Discussion: IntoMobile and MobileCrunch
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time For Apple To Get Serious About Apple TV (AAPL)  —  Apple executives continue to refer to their Apple TV set-top box business as a “hobby” — which is a polite word for “failure.”  Time for that to change: If Steve Jobs wants to make a serious run at owning our living room's “digital hub …
 
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